Learning Technologies Podcast – August 30- Do We Need a GPS to Find Our Classrooms?
Welcome to the Learning Technologies Podcast. Today’s topic is … Do We Need a GPS to Find Our Classrooms? This question emerged when I visited an EdTech discussion board hosting a discussion on the value of face-to-face training over eLearning, blended learning, and other types of training. The consensus seemed to be that there is room for training in F2F classrooms. These face-to-face classrooms were labeled as “controlled learning environments.” I parked on the label of “controlled learning environments. Hmmm… I wonder, “are there really learning scenarios, outside of university research labs, that can accurately be classified as “controlled learning environments” and if so, do we really want these? Do we want learning to be controlled, or, in the spirit of socio-cultural learning, do we want another outcome? Also, can we expand the definition of classrooms to extend beyond four plastered and/or windowed walls?
Thank you for considering these questions with me. I enjoy learning from you! Please leave a comment and let’s keep the discussion going.
The innovative folks at Edorble have something fun to announce! There is a new alpha of Edorble WebVR, a cross-platform, browser-based multiplayer Edorble experience. Edorble WebVR works on Android, iOS, Mac, PC, Google Cardboard, Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR. If curious to hear more, check out what you can in Edorble WebVR on their blog post announcing the launch. You can also just jump right in at https://edorble.com/webvr. Edorble will be building on this foundation in the weeks and months to come, and with participatory help from users, they will keep shaping it into something special for teachers and students around the world.
PBS TeacherLine will use the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.
After using the Blackboard and Moodle LMS (and a few others), PBS TeacherLine will transition their courses to the Canvas LMS. The QA process for courses is underway.
Canvas is very innovative and collaborative, with active forums to share tips and offer troubleshooting ideas. Here is a link to a Canvas Forum called “Best Kept Secrets of Canvas” https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/8388
This blog will periodically post on shortcuts and awesome features relating to the Canvas LMS. Check back frequently!
Here is a vital instructional video, 2 minutes long, regarding the eclipse: https://youtu.be/GD2Znr7kFG4
Lots of curricular connections for the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years: timelines, equations featuring 99, songs with moon, sun, 99 lyrics, dances with rotations, spinning tops, tweets with only 99 characters… use your imagination!